SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) — An analyst says “Regime Change” is needed in both the US and Israel to stop “war crimes in the name of human rights” in Syria which in reality aim to weaken Iran and eliminate any resistance against Israel.
“'Coming to the rescue of the Syrian people' under a fake 'humanitarian' R2P [Responsibility to Protect] mandate is intended to destabilize Syria, weaken Iran and enable Israel to exert greater political control and influence over neighboring Arab states including Lebanon and Syria,” Professor Michel Chossudovsky wrote in an article on globalresearch.ca.
“A war on Syria is also a war on Palestine,” he said, adding that military intervention in Syria seeks to weaken the resistance movement in the occupied territories and reinforce the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu government's ambitions to create a “Greater Israel” initially, through the outright annexation of the Palestinian territories.
While no evidence has been offered to prove that the Syrian regime is responsible for the ongoing massacre of civilians in the country, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for an R2P humanitarian military intervention in Syria to curb the atrocities allegedly ordered by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Amply documented, these sectarian killings and atrocities are being committed by foreign mercenaries and militia which are armed and supported by the Western military alliance,” Chossudovsky said.
“The killings are carried out quite deliberately as part of a diabolical covert operation. The enemy is then blamed for the resulting atrocities. The objective is to justify a military agenda on humanitarian grounds.”
In US military jargon, the scenario is called a “massive casualty producing event,” the historical origins of which go back to “Operation Northwoods,” an infamous 1962 Pentagon Plan, consisting of killing civilians in the Miami Cuban community, with a view to justifying a war on Cuba.
“The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro,” abcnews.com reported on May 1, 2001.
Chossudovsky said in the logic of Operation Northwoods, the killings in Syria are carried out to “create a helpful wave of indignation,” to drum up public opinion in favor of an R2P US-NATO operation against Syria.
“The international community cannot sit idly by, and we won’t,” Clinton said in a press statement on June 6.
Pentagon and US State department documents as well as independent reports confirm that military action against Syria has been contemplated by Washington and Tel Aviv for “more than 20 years” and this should dispel the illusion that there is any underlying “humanitarian mandate” to US foreign policy, Chossudovsky said.
He added that the US, in its rush to intervene in Syria, is even willing to embrace the option of “sidetracking” the UN Security Council as Russia will never support a military coalition against Syria.
US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice confirmed in late May, in no uncertain terms, that “the worst and most probable scenario” in Syria might be the option of “acting outside of the UN Security Council's authority”.
“The violation of international law does not seem to be an issue [for Washington],” Chossudovsky concluded.—www.shafaqna.com